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Brands Access to International Markets 21st-22nd October 2015

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Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

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Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

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Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

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Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

The partner GACIC organized the Capitalization Forum at Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, final milestone event of the Project, together with Sustexnet and Meditexprojects.

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

24 11 2015

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

The partner TEXFOR organised a seminar at the Hotel La Mola in Terrassa to analyse and discuss challenges of the Catalan and Mediterranean TT clusters within our CBC initiative on the Mediterranean Cross Border Cooperation in the field of technical textiles.

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Sabadell - Catalonia - Spain

Essentials

Sabadell has a long tradition in the T/C industry; together with the nearby Terrassa and Barcelona, it represents the vast area of T/C specialization that has developed since the beginning of the 20th century in Catalonia.

The cluster developed significantly during the ’80 and mid ‘90s with a specialization in spinning, weaving and finishing activities. Subsequently, the impact of market liberalization and globalization on the local T/C industry was extremely significant and Sabadell underwent a long phase of restructuring and downsizing similarly to all other European manufacturing areas. Many low value added activities (grey yarn production and/or clothing manufacturing for example) have been delocalized in nearby low cost areas or are subcontracted or outsourced.

Nowadays, Catalonia has a smaller T/C sector with less companies but more competitive. Companies have capacity to be present in the international markets and are more interconnected.

The cluster was able to develop a new model of companies which are global in production and sales.

     
1 Number of enterprises in the T/C Industry (latest figures) 2.572
2 Total turnover of T/C Industry (latest figures) 4.127 mil. €
3 Total local employment direct T/C industry (latest figures 39.881
4 Estimation of Total indirect employment 44.000
5 Exports 4.369.5 mil. €
6 Exports areas: EU 70%, Mediterranean Area13%.

Specialization

The 60% of this cluster’s activity is related to the textiles and the 40% to the clothing sector.

The 50% of the textile products are for the clothing industry, the 30% for the home textiles market and a 20% of technical textiles.

The textile sector is compound by companies in the following categories :

  • fibre preparation
  • spinning
  • weaving
  • finishing

Despite the fact that most enterprises are family businesses (97% are defined micro or small), companies have high tech processes are innovative in the product or the process. In the last decade they have built a significant international presence.

The wool production processes have dramatically decreased. The cotton or silk processes are the main ones. Knitting production also has an important role inside.

Distinctive skills and/or competences

  • Renewed traditional sector
  • High international presence
  • Recent improve of its competitiveness thanks to:
    • Innovation (design and materials)
    • Better service (quick response, flexibility and adaptation capacity)
    • Adequate prices (lower production prices and more productivity)
    • Improve of the training
    • Integrated supply chain.

For more details about companies of this cluster : www.texfor.es/es/empresas/